U. S. Open, 2017

A New Star and Experienced Champion Win at U.S. Open

By DownTheTee | September 10, 2017

By Jane Voigt A new star was born yesterday when American Sloane Stephens won her first major title in women’s singles at the U.S. Open. Today, Rafael Nadal won his third U.S. Open and 16th major overall men’s singles championship. The dichotomy was just another quirky result in an overall unconventional U.S. Open.  Sloane Stephens,…

All-American Women’s Final at U.S. Open

By DownTheTee | September 8, 2017

By Jane Voigt Madison Keys and Sloane Stephens are friends. But come 4 p.m. tomorrow afternoon, these two first-time U.S. Open finalists will set aside any affection and battle for their maiden title at a Grand Slam.   Keys, seeded number 15, and unseeded Stephens reached the final after a remarkable day of two semifinals…

American Tennis Hero Sam Querrey

By DownTheTee | September 5, 2017

By Jane Voigt Americans should have a parade for Sam Querrey. The California native has ended three of the longest droughts in Grand Slam performances by American men and could up it to five, depending on how things turn out tonight.   But no matter what happens when he plays Kevin Anderson in their quarterfinal,…

Russian Rublev Becomes Youngest to U.S. Open Quarterfinal since Andy Roddick

By DownTheTee | September 4, 2017

By Jane Voigt Andrey Rublev became the youngest male to enter the quarterfinals at the U.S. Open today since Andy Roddick in 2001. The Russian 19-year-old was not the #NextGenATP player we expected to bust through at a major, either. Think Alexander Zverev. But we all can agree that this year’s draw has been an…

Stephens & Sevastova First To U.S. Open Quarterfinals

By DownTheTee | September 3, 2017

By Jane Voigt Sloane Stephens and Anastasija Sevastova have come a long way. This afternoon at the U.S. Open they went farther, each advancing to the quarterfinals in the last major of the year. Stephens defeated Julia Goerges; and, Sevastova took out wild card, Maria Sharapova. Stephens returned to tennis at Wimbledon, after recovering from surgery…

Is Maria Sharapova That Special?

By DownTheTee | September 1, 2017

By Jane Voigt You wouldn’t say Maria Sharapova is a polarizing figure. That’s a bit extreme. Yet you could say she is controversial. At this U.S. Open. In the world outside tennis.  Her appearance at this Open is thanks to a wild card granted by the U.S.T.A., the owners of the tournament. It concluded Sharapova had served…

This Is Not Your Ordinary U.S. Open

By DownTheTee | August 31, 2017

By Jane Voigt There’s something in the air, at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. It’s hard to pinpoint, yet we’ve seen carnage on both sides of the draw that could lead us to believe that this U.S. Open will be remembered as a turning point in the Golden Age of tennis.  First, Defending Champions…

Loud and Clear. Sharapova Is Back.

By DownTheTee | August 29, 2017

By Jane Voigt If you’ve been around the tennis court a time or two you’ll remember the 2009 U.S. Open. That’s the year Kim Clijsters beat Serena Williams in the semifinals. She was the number one seed. Kim was on the comeback trail and entered into that Open as a wild card. Much the same…

Andy Murray Withdraws From U.S. Open

By DownTheTee | August 27, 2017

By Jane Voigt The rumblings began days ago. Andy Murray was limping during practice. Many wondered if they were seeing correctly. They were.  On Saturday, Murray, the number two seed at this year’s U. S. Open, withdrew from the last Grand Slam of the year due to continual problems with his hip.  “It’s too sore…

U.S. Open Draw: Familiar Rivalries plus One Dire Opening Round Match-up

By DownTheTee | August 25, 2017

By Jane Voigt Three years ago Simona Halep and Maria Sharapova played one of the best matches of 2014. It was the final of The French Open. Sharapova pulled off the win in three brilliant sets of tennis, raising her head-to-head with Halep to 6-0.  On Monday, the two women will face each other once…